We are getting so close to returning overseas, it’s crazy!
It has been a LOOOOOONG wait.
We were originally slotted to return to the field last autumn. Then it was supposed to be sometime in February. Now were hoping that July will be our departure month. (Yep, this month!)
Covid-19 really threw a wrench in our plans last year (as we all know too well). But we have worked to make the most of our time, including Chris taking on more PhD classes, and having another kid!
But now it is so close we can taste it!
We’re starting to make ALL the packing lists. I (Courtney) have been working on clothing lists for me and the girls. Chris has been taking inventory of music equipment. I’ve got a TO DO list that includes getting on global health insurance, seeing family and friends, and getting all the newborn doctors appointments done. Chris’ TO DO list has him working on securing our visas, applying for language school, and temporary housing for when we land.
Luckily, I love a good list. It is reassuring and (dare I say?) fun.
Unluckily, air travel is still a bit of a lottery these days. Normally the day we purchase our tickets give us a defined point in time to look forward to. But right now, nothing is guaranteed. We are moving forward as best as we can. We are so ready and our hearts are so yearning to get on that plane! We’re so ready to be participating again to the work we are so passionate about. And despite the uncertainty, we are working to stay excited for the months to come and trust that they WILL come, hopefully sooner rather than later!
Someday all these lists will be worthwhile!
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We also ask that you lift up the following:
- A smooth visa process
- Boarders remain open
- Airline fight does not get cancelled
- Patience and grace during this time